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Justice for All
College

Justice for All

Chrislene DeJean, creative organizer at Intelligent Mischief, spoke about African American women’s divergent experiences with violence and socioeconomic hardship as part of a panel on “Social Justice for Women of Color.” The panel was organized by the Action Committee of the Association of Black Harvard Women and took place in Harvard Hall on Thursday afternoon, while Divest Harvard protests took place outside.

History

10Q with Sven Beckert

FM visited the office of professor of History Sven Beckert to talk about his recent winning of the prestigious Bancroft Prize.

Faculty

Hey Professor: Sabbaticals

This fall, a number of Harvard’s faculty members will be going on sabbatical to write books, conduct research, and take a breath outside the Harvard bubble. FM spoke with a few to find out their plans.

Religion

Taking Pause: Shabbat at Harvard

The fourth of the Ten Commandments tells its followers they should no do any work on the Sabbath day. “Work,” here, doesn’t just refer to your 9-to-5, but is rather understood to mean any act creates or exercises control over one’s surroundings. This places a number of restrictions upon the observer, which range from not using electricity to not writing, and even to not tying knots.

Kazuo Ishiguro with Robert Birnbaum
Books

Scene and Heard: Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a Big Deal, both capitals intended. Following his breakthrough 1989 novel “The Remains of the Day,” he’s kept it up over a career of over two decades with a string of bestsellers. You might remember his last, the heartwrenching “Never Let Me Go,” from its movie adaptation starring the equally heartwrenching Andrew Garfield. His new novel, “The Buried Giant,” is big even by Ishiguro’s standards: It’s his first in 10 years, and expectations are higher than Memorial Church’s steeple.

Cambridge

Mobilizr

Three students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education are approaching the problem of homelessness in a different way.

College

Mummies and Microbes: A Conversation with Ralph Mitchell

Mitchell’s pure passion for applied microbiology is obvious from the start of our conversation—he seems to be on a mission to convince me of how important these microscopic organisms are.

Academics

Professor Profile: Ned Hall

When I meet Philosophy Professor Edward J. Hall in his charming office, he is shoeless, sitting in an armchair and chatting with one of his former students. When she leaves, he gives her a bear hug as though they are old friends. The only facts I know about Hall are that he teaches metaphysics and epistemol-ogy, and that he’s famous for bringing cookies to class.

East Boston Commute
College

Their Own House

About two percent of Harvard undergraduates, or 120 students, live off-campus. These off-campus students have, for various reasons, elected to opt out of the Residential House system, which administrators have called a “cornerstone” of Harvard’s undergraduate experience.

Student Life

Conversations: Keeping Up with the Cobbler

“I’ll die in this shop,” Soillis says with a grin.

North Korean Defectors speak to Students at HRiNK Event
Conversations

Scene and Heard: North Korean Defectors

Korean and English syllables mingled in the air, bearing solemn memories of hardship at times and signalling hope for change at others. The overall mood in Ticknor Lounge was light and conversational, but the evening’s subject was serious: life in, and escape from, North Korea.The event, “North Korea Information Highway: Driving Change in North Korea,” featured three defectors from North Korea.

Conversations

Double Datamatch

Too nervous to go on a date alone, FM writers Nicole Levin and Keyon Vafa decided to take their lucky Datamatches on a double date. Braving rejection and social stigma, our FM team emailed all of freshman matches and eventually found some a pair that was willing to date on the record…the record of love.

Student Life

Making the Brand

Call them tastemakers or trendsetters, fashion arbiters or brand evangelists. As more and more companies look to break into the coveted market of 18-to-22-year-olds, businesses are using college sudents to directly preach their gospels. Each year, brand ambassador programs attract thousands of eager college students looking to promote the “next big thing” at their respective institutions. Typically, students sign up for a flexible gig that provides cash, free swag, and a resume-boosting way to meet new people. In the process they also get to build up work experience and gain professional skills in marketing and brand development. It’s a smart strategy for companies as well. After all, what better way to build up credibility than by hiring cool college kids as living, breathing embodiments of your brand?

Collegiate Club Photoshoot
On Campus

Collegiate Club Seeks to Bring Class Back to Campus

I meet the Collegiate Club in their collegiate meeting spot: Lamont Library’s Larsen Room. Reclining in their chairs, these freshmen greet me with faces bright with excitement. They want to convince Harvard that they are putting out a quality product with their online fashion blog. I want to tell them this is not Stanford— we don’t just make things happen around here; we first try to comp and seek entry to the Acropolis of exclusive organizations.

Brandon Stanton Speaks at the IOP
Student Groups

Scene and Heard: Humans of New York

When the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum announced Brandon Stanton—the man with 2.5 million Instagram followers—would be visiting Harvard to speak, we scrambled to enter the lottery for the event. With the fates smiling upon us, we received confirmation emails a few days later.

Beauty After Ruin
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Beauty After Ruin

Harvard Ed Portal Opening
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Year In Review 2015

Fischer Touchdown
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Year in Sports 2015

Senior survey header
Front Feature

Class of 2015, By the Numbers